Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - April 14, 2015

National Libary Week - "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®."

This week, the PES Pirate Cove joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.


Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities – transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Libraries help to ensure the American dream and promote democracy by providing service to all regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status.


Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and meet the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.


The PES Pirate Cove serves Palencia Elementary in St. Augustine, Florida by providing


  • Books and eBooks – 9, 500
  • Magazines - 7 student magazines
  • Professional Teaching Library
  • On-line Resources – we have subscriptions to:

~World Book Encyclopedia - http://www.worldbookonline.com

~MackinVIA ebooks - http://www.mackinvia.com


Our mission at the PES Pirate Cove is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology. Creating a foundation for lifelong learning is at the heart of our program at Palencia Elementary.


“The library has always been a place of unlimited possibilities. Whatever your interest or need, the library and the library staff are here to provide you the resources you need to accomplish your goals and dreams.”


First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit the Palencia Media Center Cove.

Book Fair Under the Sea

April 30 through May 8, 2015

Palencia Media Center (The Pirate Cove)

Students will shop with their class during their Media Resource time starting April 30th with Resource Day B. Check with your child’s teacher if you would like to shop with your child. Our goal is to sell 3,400 books during our fair with proceeds going to our media center.


Teacher Preview – On Wednesday, April 29th from 2:30PM-3:30PM teachers will make wish baskets so that parents can purchase books for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

We also have great family events scheduled:
Donuts for Dads – Tuesday, May 5th from 7:30AM-8:30AM Muffins for Moms – Wednesday, May 6th from 7:30AM-8:30AM Family Night – Thursday, May 7th 5PM – 7PM

You can order from our On-Line Book Fair too! Online shopping begins on April 18th and ends May 8th.

Visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/palencia.

Please volunteer to help with the Book Fair at http://tinyurl.com/lh4mwc2.

Volunteers will receive a 10% discount on their purchases.

April's Non-Fiction AR Challenge can be completed using MackinVia.

The media center offers hundreds of non-fiction e-books that students can access with any internet device. MackinVia is the name of the software application that hosts our e-book collection. Your student can easily search for AR levels within MackinVia and then choose a book that is within their reading range. For details on how to access MackinVia go to http://www-pes.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/mackinvia-ebooks-public-library-ebooks. There are even short videos that can be viewed to learn how to access our e-books.

In April students can read 4 books within the non-fiction genre. Then they take AR tests to show that they have actually read the books. To qualify for the challenge, students must read within their ZPD (reading range set by STAR Test) and pass the AR tests with a 70% or higher. Teachers will use a short form to sign-off on the student’s successful completion of the challenge. Finally, students can come to the media center to pick up their reward. Each challenge has a Brag Tag signifying the challenge and students will have their names announced on WPES. To see all of this year's challenges and download the recording sheet visit http://www-pes.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/sample-page/ar-challenges.

One book, two books, we have a bunch of new books!

Every week we add new books to the Pirate Cove Collection. Pictured below are some of the latest. Come check-out your favorites.

Visit the PES Media Center Website!

Our website can answer your questions:
  1. When does my child have media? Media Calendar
  2. What is AR and how does it work? Accelerated Reader
  3. When is the book fair? Scholastic Book Fair
  4. How can my child access Palencia's e-book collection? MackinVia
  5. What resources are offered at the Palencia Media Center Pirate Cove? Media Center Brochure
  6. How can I read past issues of the Pirate Cove Connection? Media Center Newsletter